Flank Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

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This healthy, low-carb Flank Steak Salad combines tender seared flank steak with blue cheese dressing over a bed of crispy iceberg lettuce and tomatoes.

Steak Salad

When it comes to lunch time salads, this is one of my favorites. It’s super easy to sear flank steak. It cooks very quickly. Mix up the rest of the salad ingredients while it’s cooking, and your lunch is ready in just 5-10 minutes.

This salad also makes a perfect summer meal when you’d rather be outside than cooking on a stove. Fire up the grill and slap the flank steak on. A few minutes per side is all you need for perfect medium rare steak.

If you’re on a low-carb or keto diet, this salad provides all the macros you need. There’s great protein and healthy fats in this salad.

» Also try this low carb cobb salad and our favorite keto taco salad.

Steak Salad

Flank Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

Seared flank steak with blue cheese over a bed of crispy iceberg lettuce and tomatoes.
5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 468kcal
Author :Laura Lynch

Ingredients

For the blue cheese dressing

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and ground black pepper divided
  • 4 ounces blue cheese crumbled, divided

For the Salad

  • 12 ounce flank steak
  • 4 cups iceberg or Romaine lettuce
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1 large avocado chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds optional

Instructions

  • Remove the steak from the refrigerator 15 minutes before beginning this recipe to allow it to come up to temperature.
  • Whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Add half the blue cheese crumbles and stir well.
  • Salt and pepper both sides of the steak. Grill the steak on a skillet over medium high heat for 3 minutes per side for medium rare or 4 minutes per side for medium. Set the steak aside to rest for 5 minutes before thinly slicing against the grain.
  • Add the lettuce to a large plate or bowl. Top with tomatoes, avocado, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, and the remaining crumbled blue cheese. Add the sliced steak to the salad. Drizzle the blue cheese dressing over the top.

Nutrition

Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 562mg | Potassium: 877mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1132IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 213mg | Iron: 2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

What Type of Cheese to Use

Blue cheese is one of my favorite salad toppings. I use a brand called Castello Danish Blue. It’s dry enough to crumble easily and the taste isn’t overwhelming.

When you’re choosing the blue cheese for your salad, you’ll want to find a cheese with those qualities. Often, blue cheese can be creamy and it doesn’t crumble well. It can also be quite pungent.

Here’s a great guide you can use to choose the right blue cheese to use.

blue cheese dresssing

If you want to substitute the cheese, the best options are stilton and gorgonzola. However, if you don’t like blue cheese at all, you can substitute with feta cheese, which also crumbles nicely but doesn’t have the pungency of blue.

Types of Steak to Use

I used flank steak for this recipe. I like this cut of steak. It’s tender and cooks quickly. There are a few other alternatives you can use that are quite similar. Try one of these cuts:

  • Skirt Steak (very similar to flank steak, but cut thinner)
  • Hanger steak
  • Tri-tip
  • Flat iron steak

Serving Size

This recipe serves 4 small salads that would be appropriately sized for lunch. If you’re making this recipe for a main dish for dinner, you might want to split the recipe for 2 instead.

Steak Salad

I think 2-4 ounces of steak per person is the perfect amount. You can always increase the ratio of veggies to steak to make it a more substantial salad without the extra protein.

Also try adding additional veggies, if you want, like red peppers, cucumbers, or even grilled asparagus.

Here are a few other spring and summer salads you might like:

Best Greens to Use for Flank Steak Salad

The answer to this question is probably something like: whatever lettuce you have in the fridge is the best to use!

I like to use iceberg lettuce or romaine lettuce for this salad because of the crispness. It has a good crunch, which goes well with the steak. However, arugula and wild lettuce also goes really well with these ingredients.

flank steak salad

Additions & Add Ins

This salad is super flexible. You can use whatever ingredients you have that you like in a salad. Use cherry tomatoes instead of vine tomatoes. Use feta cheese or mozzarella balls instead of blue cheese. Add some pomegranate seeds for a bit of sweet crunch. Red bell peppers and cucumbers also go really well with these ingredients.

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